After all the trials and tribulations at Fratton Park in recent years the only way for Portsmouth is up, says Hayden Mullins who has been with Pompey through some of the best and the worst times on the south coast.

The battle-hardened midfielder is, however, optimistic about the future and has hinted that promotion could be a realistic aim next season, as Pompey fight for a return to the Barclays Premier League.

There is a positive atmosphere around the club these days under the stewardship of Steve Cotterill, and Mullins has hopes of extending his love affair with Pompey for a little longer.

 

"I'm going to speak to the gaffer about a new contract and hopefully we can sort something out before the beginning of the season," the 32-year-old told The News.

"I would definitely like to stay. The club is going only one place at the moment and that is up. With the management, the players coming in now and the owners, it's a great place to be.

"We've discussed bits and pieces about a new contract. A few conversations have taken place but nothing really major.

"Hopefully, before the start of the season something will be sorted."

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